I asked a few authors to comment on the first sentence of their book, and I got such a great response. So good, in fact, that I’ve turned this into a little series here at Books on the Brain called Friday First Lines. Each Friday I’ll share First Line thoughts by two or three authors.
Will these first sentences be enough to entice you to add them to your TBR list? They were for me!
The first sentence of Love Water Memory is:
“She became aware of a commotion behind her, yet it seemed important to keep scanning, searching for something out over the water, toward low mountains, a skiff of clouds. .”
I try to suck the reader in after the first page. I write the first couple chapters and then go back to the first paragraph to marinate. I read the first page to myself several times and then create a first sentence to catch the readers attention. I want them to want more!.
In my novel, FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY, it came to me in a couple minutes. I imagined myself as the character and what she would think or say in that moment. This involved a lot of talking to myself and usually out loud. My fiancé eventually realized that I’m not crazy and it’s part of my writing process! The first sentence remained unchanged throughout my writing and editing process.